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Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
Coco Chow???

 Elaine Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan: Capitalist China, not Communist China.
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As Secretary of Transportation, Chao appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father, James, a shipping magnate with extensive business interests in China.[65] The Transportation Department's inspector general cited numerous instances where Chao's office helped promote her family's shipping business.[66]
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I'm watching "Face the Nation" right now and they are talking about this. Rick Scott was asked what he thought about this and he keep deflecting and saying that Democrats are spending too much money, while avoiding the questions he's being asked. He keeps saying that we need to bring people together, but he won't even criticize the way that people like Trump and MTG are speaking about others.

Of course, it's also ironic that Florida will be asking for a huge amount of money to help rebuild after Ian. *sigh*
 

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Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
Coco Chow???

 Elaine Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan: Capitalist China, not Communist China.
Conflicts of interest

As Secretary of Transportation, Chao appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father, James, a shipping magnate with extensive business interests in China.[65] The Transportation Department's inspector general cited numerous instances where Chao's office helped promote her family's shipping business.[66]
with a lot of details.
Trump is such a piece of shit.
 

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@realDonaldTrump's post | Truth Social
Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
Coco Chow???

 Elaine Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan: Capitalist China, not Communist China.
Conflicts of interest

As Secretary of Transportation, Chao appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father, James, a shipping magnate with extensive business interests in China.[65] The Transportation Department's inspector general cited numerous instances where Chao's office helped promote her family's shipping business.[66]
with a lot of details.
Trump is such a piece of shit.
He is and among his unforgivable acts is to make decent people need to defend Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chow.
 

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Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
Coco Chow???

 Elaine Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan: Capitalist China, not Communist China.
Conflicts of interest

As Secretary of Transportation, Chao appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father, James, a shipping magnate with extensive business interests in China.[65] The Transportation Department's inspector general cited numerous instances where Chao's office helped promote her family's shipping business.[66]
with a lot of details.
Trump is such a piece of shit.
He is and among his unforgivable acts is to make decent people need to defend Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chow.
That is so funny and correct! I'm offended when he personally attacks a person far to my right that I don't even politically agree with! But he's a biased son of a bitch. And he really is biased against Asians. Asian hate crimes have been mostly due to his biased attacks.
 

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Good. Let Trump destroy the party that has too gleefully accepted his presence. They had the chance to be rid of him and they chose not to take it, with Mitch himself at the lead of that. Now they can reap the consequences of keeping him in the party.
 

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According to his daughter McConnell was playing for power. He sat on the fence with Trump knowing how corrupt Trump was because it suited his poical ambitions. The White House.

I have no more sympathy for McConnell than I do Trump. Another morally ambiguous Christian conservative who puts self above country.
 

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According to his daughter McConnell was playing for power. He sat on the fence with Trump knowing how corrupt Trump was because it suited his poical ambitions. The White House.
If McConnell wanted the White House, he would have made a play for it years ago. He's got all the power right now and none of the scrutiny. Why would he give that up? He's a cunt, but the reason he's dangerous is that he's not stupid.
 

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According to his daughter McConnell was playing for power. He sat on the fence with Trump knowing how corrupt Trump was because it suited his poical ambitions. The White House.
If McConnell wanted the White House, he would have made a play for it years ago. He's got all the power right now and none of the scrutiny. Why would he give that up? He's a cunt, but the reason he's dangerous is that he's not stupid.
I heard it said by a pundit the goal or dream of anyone in congress is the WH. Regardless of the probabilities.

Again from his own daughter, he was all about his own political power. As Trump got worse and worse McConnel tempered his spport and in the end unable to avoid the obvious remnoced the elction lies, but not veryt agessively.
 

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Again from his own daughter, he was all about his own political power.
And he's got it. He is THE Republican guy in the senate. The Supreme Court is his creation. He's an established foundation in Kentucky. I suspect he'll have a massive say in who will replace McCarthy. He is one of the few Republicans who doesn't need a MAGA endorsement. For all intents and purposes he's an invulnerable Lord Littlefinger. No way is he going to give up all that power for 4-8 years of bullshit in the spotlight.
 

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There is talk of McConnell having serious health problems—which may just be talk, but then, he’s 80. Health issues seem almost a given. I think he’s trying to survive what Trump has done to the Republican Party without actually acknowledging that Trump did not inspire so much as awaken and make mainstream the casual racism, sexism and Christofascism until it is an unfortunately major force in the political arena. In his defense, I don’t think Trump deliberately fomented christofacism—he seems unable and uninterested in looking even a millimeter beyond his own narrow self interests. I think if they were openly cannibals, he’d happily align with them so long as they brought crowds and money with them.

McConnell does seem interested in cementing his legacy ( see the USSC) and is smart enough to try to wrest control of the GOP from Trump’s grasp. Whether he is skilled enough to do so remains to be seen.
 

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@realDonaldTrump's post | Truth Social
Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
Coco Chow???

 Elaine Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan: Capitalist China, not Communist China.
Conflicts of interest

As Secretary of Transportation, Chao appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father, James, a shipping magnate with extensive business interests in China.[65] The Transportation Department's inspector general cited numerous instances where Chao's office helped promote her family's shipping business.[66]
with a lot of details.
There are two realities demonstrated by this post.
First, Donald Trump thinks everything is about him.
Second, the main requirement for a Republican in the 21st century is a poor and selective memory.

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Trump turns on the man who shielded him through two impeachment trials, except Republicans.
 

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McConnell does seem interested in cementing his legacy ( see the USSC) and is smart enough to try to wrest control of the GOP from Trump’s grasp. Whether he is skilled enough to do so remains to be seen.

If it were just Trump, ole' Mitch might be able to pull the plane out of a nosedive, but it's not just Trump. The GOP has become the party of folks like Greene, Gaetz, Gosar, Boebert, and every other unsavory character who looked at Trump's rise to power and said "we can finally say the quiet part out loud." He's also facing the people in his own party who have more power than the freshman class of nut-cases. Folks like Graham and Cruz, as well as Trump's likely successor DeSantis. On top of that, there's the rabid base that bought into Trump's MAGA brand with everything they had and will rebel (perhaps even violently) to any attempt to wrest control of the party from Dear Leader.

When Trump called Cruz's wife ugly, Ted got back in his good graces by groveling. Graham got invited back to the golf course by doing the same. Will Mitch take the racist attack on his wife in stride and grovel before Trump? Maybe, but it wouldn't help him win back much of anything. Not only that, but there are Trump acolytes who are running far too close in the upcoming election. Here in AZ, the candidate who shares equal space on her placards with Trump is running neck and neck with the current Secretary of State for the governor's office, and Trump's full-on election denier candidate for that job is competitive. Even if the GOP doesn't take back Congress, they won't lose badly enough to reevaluate their tilt towards red hats and racism. If they do win the House, or Senate, or both?

Then it's not just the Republican Party in a nosedive. It's the country.
 

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Well, it is one thing to disparage someone. But to use the term "Death Wish"? If any average American started sending messages to McConnell saying that, they'd get a visit from the acronym level justice departments. Yes, I know, it was only on Truth Social, so only ten thousands people had access to it... until the press published it. Why does the Press keep publishing his posts?! They don't publish mine.
 

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Well, it is one thing to disparage someone. But to use the term "Death Wish"? If any average American started sending messages to McConnell saying that, they'd get a visit from the acronym level justice departments. Yes, I know, it was only on Truth Social, so only ten thousands people had access to it... until the press published it. Why does the Press keep publishing his posts?! They don't publish mine.
That's a difficult decision to make: Feed Trump's desire for attention/throw red meat to his cult or ensure that less rabid citizenry are informed about how deranged Trump is. At the risk of having some one of those acronym bureaus swooping down on me, I think we are all aware that we'd be safer from Trump if he succumbed to whatever illnesses he's maintaining with now. There would be an ugly fight to see who got to grab the reins but no one has the personality to maintain a cult like he does.
 

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Undoubtedly using the words death wish might make McConnell a target.

It goes to show yet again Trump is probably mentally ill, crazy.

I believe Trump as an ex president is protected by the FBI and Secret Srcov from any public direct or vieled threats.

McConnell's daughter said he hated Trump, but went along for political gain. Fuck him.
 

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Undoubtedly using the words death wish might make McConnell a target.

It goes to show yet again Trump is probably mentally ill, crazy.
Trump is a sociopathic narcissist, who has almost never had to pay for his errors, mistakes, or crimes. This creates quite the monster.
I believe Trump as an ex president is protected by the FBI and Secret Srcov from any public direct or vieled threats.

McConnell's daughter said he hated Trump, but went along for political gain. Fuck him.
Trump has managed to draw in hundreds of millions for the GOP with the 2020 Election steal fraud. That is why McConnell stomachs Trump.
Well, it is one thing to disparage someone. But to use the term "Death Wish"? If any average American started sending messages to McConnell saying that, they'd get a visit from the acronym level justice departments. Yes, I know, it was only on Truth Social, so only ten thousands people had access to it... until the press published it. Why does the Press keep publishing his posts?! They don't publish mine.
That's a difficult decision to make: Feed Trump's desire for attention/throw red meat to his cult or ensure that less rabid citizenry are informed about how deranged Trump is. At the risk of having some one of those acronym bureaus swooping down on me, I think we are all aware that we'd be safer from Trump if he succumbed to whatever illnesses he's maintaining with now. There would be an ugly fight to see who got to grab the reins but no one has the personality to maintain a cult like he does.
Trump is merely riding the alt-right populist wave. I think people gravitate towards him more than he attracts people, alpha male crap and all. And then the other conservatives sold out for SCOTUS. Keep in mind, the GOP has been shifting to the authoritarian side of the equation since Gingrich and his blueprint to destroy Congress. It got worse under W, and then come 2012, the movement became sentient on its own. That led to Trump and something Trump becoming President. This movement will likely grow without Trump. And lunatic to clinically mentally ill that is QAnon and -48 are the type of people that'll listen to Trump's orders and obey them.
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it. If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
 

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A common feature of Fascist movements and parties is hero-worship of leaders, something very evident for Nazism (Adolf Hitler) and Italian Fascism (Benito Mussolini). Many US right-wingers' hero-worship of Donald Trump fits that profile very well. But their movement existed before Trump got into politics, and it will likely survive Trump departing from politics or being forced out of politics.
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it.
Look at Desantis. Florida had higher rates of Covid deaths, he openly covered it up... and he tricked migrants in Texas into flying to Massachusetts. He is comfortably up in the polls. The alt-right is growing and the conservatives won't not vote for the "Republican".
If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
Just to be clear, you never would have said that about Trump in 2015 or 2016. This movement is rudderless, leaderless, and being propelled by a shared hate of anything that isn't nationalistic bravado or love for whatever the latest alt-right oracles have spoken (see "CRT"). I'm pretty certain we've already lost our Democracy. It just has to run its course at this point. Trump just fell into this. He isn't controlling it, he is taking advantage of it. And that still might get himself killed.

This "we're not going to take it anymore" movement really gained steam in 2012, when they wanted anyone but Romney.
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it. If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it. If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
This is exactly why DeSantis needs to be given a gift of some new bracelets over their little kidnapping stunt.

Losing one figurehead may not be a huge setback, but losing all the years spent aligning DeSantis to that position would be a major blow.
 

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They (the base) will just make another zealot.
But it would take a good long while to elevate and position them behind the machine, longer than they have to mount it and consummate the destruction of democracy vs the "eyes open" populace who saw the face of it with the mask off
 

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They (the base) will just make another zealot.
But it would take a good long while to elevate and position them behind the machine, longer than they have to mount it and consummate the destruction of democracy vs the "eyes open" populace who saw the face of it with the mask off
As I told Elixir... Trump came out of nowhere really. Yes, he got into the stupid birther stuff, but otherwise, it wasn't like he had this huge following... and then whatever the heck that was the Trump nomination, election was... happened.
 

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Look at DeSantis?
He may be viable in FL, but his ability to drive, say, Pennsylvania Republicans to the polls is not nearly that of Trump.
DethSentence lacks the bombastic entertainment value of mangoman, and I would intuit that that has been a major factor in the “rise” of Teh Stoopids. The enthusiasm factor for the FL guv will never approach the 2016 Trump fervor.
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it. If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
I think a lot of people are in it for Trump and no one else will do. Cults don't change their leadership easily.
 

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This movement will likely grow without Trump.

The sentiment of the populist "movement" will grow without Trump. But will it translate to the electability of other, not so charismatic or popular, populists? I doubt it. If you cut the head off this snake, the snake will live. But it will likely writhe about pointlessly until some other "head" takes charge and directs it where, how and when to strike. Whoever that may be, I strongly doubt that they will whip up the fervent, unified excitement of conservatives, mobsters, racists, idiots and the insecure/easily terrified, driving them all to the polls en masse as Trump did in the 2016 aberration.
My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
I think a lot of people are in it for Trump and no one else will do. Cults don't change their leadership easily.
The CAN when there's an heir apparent (David Miscavige; Brigham Young).

Preventing a standing wave generally requires making sure that first handoff fails.
 

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Trump is a sociopathic narcissist, who has almost never had to pay for his errors, mistakes, or crimes. This creates quite the monster.
We both agree Trump is a narcissict but for very different reasons. Trump was already insanely popular as a celebrity in private business. And then he managed to become even more popular as POTUS in the government arena. Such extreme level of popularity during a long period of time and vast horizon of endeveor would challange the sanity of just about any normal thinking person IMO.
 

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I'm pretty certain we've already lost our Democracy.
I've heard exactly the same words many times from the other side too. But they think we have lost Democracy because government has interferred too much in our lives....in particular telling us individually we have to take vaccines and masks and shutting down small business but yet allowing big business to operate during a pandemic. They say our government has become the coalition of "big thinkers" who can not or never have run anything in the private field.

Not saying I agree or dissagree with either of you. But your message about losing Democracy is exactly the same.
 

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My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
Its hard not to be attracted to DeSantis. He embodies most of the platform of Trump without having any of the negative baggage (half of the country hating Trump). Furthermore, people are moving en mass TO Florida right now. Property values are declining in NYC and increasing in Florida. That would not be happening if they thought the state was badly managed.
 

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Trump was already insanely popular as a celebrity in private business.
No, he wasn't. He was and is universally despised by socialites in the New York community, and those people know him best.
And then he managed to become even more popular as POTUS in the government arena.
No, he wasn't. The cunt couldn't win the popular vote and his popularity has only been on the decline since. Jesus fucking Christ how many former employees have made a career point out how much of a scumbag he is? How many times was he considered a joke in the international community?
Such extreme level of popularity during a long period of time and vast horizon of endeveor would challange the sanity of just about any normal thinking person IMO.
You are mistaking notoriety with popularity. Jeffrey Dahmer is quite popular too by your logic. You also arrogantly believe that because you would de anything for Trump therefore everybody loves him. That is some massive cognitive dissonance.
I've heard exactly the same words many times from the other side too.
The "other side" of Jimmy Higgins is the side that forgives Trump for anything he does, promotes conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and pretty much lives in a alternate reality where Trump has made meaningful accomplishments. Sound like anyone you know?
 

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Its hard not to be attracted to DeSantis. He embodies most of the platform of Trump without having any of the negative baggage (half of the country hating Trump).

Trump policies are little more popular than Trump. And there are some who will rather write in the Orange Oracle than give up their golden calf.

Furthermore, people are moving en mass TO Florida right now. Property values are declining in NYC and increasing in Florida.

It matters WHO is coming to FL. Retirees? People who won't want to put up with Republicans looting the treasury, medicare, medicaid, and Social Security is my guess.

That would not be happening if they thought the state was badly managed.

WUT? Ask a thousand people for their top reasons for moving to a new State and I'd be surprised if ONE of them said "Because I like the State Government".
 

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I'm pretty certain we've already lost our Democracy.
On the contrary, democracy is alive and well, and forms a major element of the problem.

Populism is what you get when the people participating in democracy are driven by emotions rather than facts; Right now, the combination of the fact that cultists are dedicated voters (while non-cultists yawn), and that the cultists have become totally divorced from reality, is allowing democracy to produce a monstrous outcome (of course, it doesn't help that the rural vote is massively amplified by the system, either). That's not a bug; It's a feature. The people, particularly outside the major urban centres, have become monstrous in their ignorance and hate. They likely always were, but in the past, the elites gave them only a minimum amount of power necessary to avoid revolt. Now a large fraction of the elites see the ignorance and hate as an opportunity, and have moved from trying to keep it contained to stoking the fires.

That they themselves will likely end up getting burned is little consolation to those of us who have to suffer the results. Just ask the Germans who opposed Naziism how much fun the 1940s were. Seeing the top guys committing suicide or being hanged after Nuremburg was likely little consolation.
 

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As I told Elixir... Trump came out of nowhere really.

I disagree. It took decades to cultivate a Donald. (He was coincidentally on my radar back in the 1970s.)
It took years of a primetime TV show to give him unprecedented (other than incumbents) name recognition, respect and a monetizable "tough businessman" image - at least among the rubes. My mistake was not believing that more than twenty something percent of 'Merkins would fail to see through the act of the con man. I was not surprised by his emergence, and was in fact happy about it at first. It may yet emerge that Trump was God's gift to Democrats. Prob'ly not though. We'll know in a few weeks.
 

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My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
Its hard not to be attracted to DeSantis. He embodies most of the platform of Trump without having any of the negative baggage (half of the country hating Trump). Furthermore, people are moving en mass TO Florida right now. Property values are declining in NYC and increasing in Florida. That would not be happening if they thought the state was badly managed cold.
FTFY
 

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Mitch McConnell probably realizes Trump has a good chance of getting popped and going to prison. All MM has to do is not die.
 

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My magat cousin has already transferred her devotion to DeSantis. I don't think it will be that hard to take Trump's place at the head of the movement...
Its hard not to be attracted to DeSantis. He embodies most of the platform of Trump without having any of the negative baggage (half of the country hating Trump). Furthermore, people are moving en mass TO Florida right now. Property values are declining in NYC and increasing in Florida. That would not be happening if they thought the state was badly managed.
He lied to his people about the pandemic (got more people killed). lured migrants to be abandoned in Massachusetts, and pumping lies into people about teachers and schools. Yeah, really speaks to a lack of humanity to find hin hard not to like.

Odd how a person paranoid about bad government swoon to sociopaths like DeSantis.
 

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I think a lot of people are in it for Trump and no one else will do. Cults don't change their leadership easily.
Assuming Trump won't run for the presidency in 2024 DeSantis will do just fine.
I agree, Hermit. The worst thing will be if Trump is allowed to roam free, endorsing fascists A-Z while staying officially out of it.
 

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I think a lot of people are in it for Trump and no one else will do. Cults don't change their leadership easily.
Assuming Trump won't run for the presidency in 2024 DeSantis will do just fine.
It's pretty much a given that Trump will run in 2024, but the scenario doesn't change much either way. If Trump is an official registered candidate in the early primaries, he will savage Desantis. If he's not actually in contention, he'll believe Desantis stole his rightful place and probably be even more brutal. Desantis will have to run the Trump gauntlet as long as he puts himself forward as a candidate.
 

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I think a lot of people are in it for Trump and no one else will do. Cults don't change their leadership easily.
Assuming Trump won't run for the presidency in 2024 DeSantis will do just fine.
It's pretty much a given that Trump will run in 2024, but the scenario doesn't change much either way. If Trump is an official registered candidate in the early primaries, he will savage Desantis. If he's not actually in contention, he'll believe Desantis stole his rightful place and probably be even more brutal. Desantis will have to run the Trump gauntlet as long as he puts himself forward as a candidate.
 
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